Formula E championship leader Nick Cassidy says there is still a “long way to go” in the season before he even thinks about the possibility of setting his sights on winning the title.
The Envision Racing driver strengthened his chances of being crowned champion in this season’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship after claiming victory at the Monaco E-Prix in front of more than 20,000 fans.
The triumph was even more impressive given the Kiwi started the race in ninth position on the grid, holding off countryman Mitch Evans, who finished second.
The result was Cassidy’s second straight win after crossing the chequered flag in the second round of the Berlin double-header last month. Although he has a 20-point lead, he insists that he still needs to be consistent if he wants to become world champion and is eager to maintain his good form for the double-header in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 3 and 4.
“Monaco was a really nice race for me as being behind the wheel enabled us to get used to the strategies and techniques we need to implement,” he said. “It’s fantastic to be leading the championship, and I have been really pleased with how I’ve been performing over the last few races. I’m in a good phase with the car and feel really comfortable, but there’s a long way to go and Jakarta will be a tough weekend physically since it’s back-to-back races.
Cassidy added: “It’s going to be two big races with a lot of points, but I’m going to keep the same mindset and keep doing the things that have worked for us earlier this season.”
As well as topping the drivers’ standings, Envision also leads the team standings by 13 points, ahead of second-placed Porsche, with Cassidy’s teammate Sebastien Buemi winning 61 points.
Cassidy admits the team is going in the right direction and is confident that they can build on their success on the track for the rest of the season.
He said: “We should be confident because I think though Sebastien has been a little bit unlucky at times, he’s had some good performances recently, so I expect him to be strong and get those points and help the team fight for the title.”